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James Franklin has been working hard on the 2019 recruiting class, while the 2018 final signees will ink letters of intent on Wednesday.

Who Penn State could ink on Signing Day; Nittany Lions recruiting assistant breaks down process

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Penn State already made a splash in the Dec. 20-22 early signing period, landing what could be considered the most important part of its recruiting class.

But National Signing Day is on Wednesday and Penn State is poised to add a few more critical pieces to the puzzle.

Greg Pickel of Pennlive takes a look at who could be joining an already stellar class for the Nittany Lions when the ink dries later this week.

Chief of staff

At the head of the recruiting efforts for Penn State is a relative unknown. Andy Frank worked with Penn State coach James Franklin at Vanderbilt and has followed Franklin to Happy Valley, where he oversees the recruiting operation.

Ben Jones of writes that a lot of the success Franklin and his staff have had in recent years, including the early signing period, are because of Frank’s effort.

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A little behind

For the efforts that Franklin and is staff have made towards the Class of 2019, Mike Gross of LancasterOnline suggests the Nittany Lions are a little bit behind in that regard right now. Penn State currently has two commitments for 2019, but neither are highly regarded by one recruiting service.

Writes Gross:

That’s it. Just two, neither of whom are ranked among the top 400 players in their class according to 247Sports.

Miami already has nine commits for 2019, Georgia eight, Wisconsin seven.

So should Franklin get moving on getting more commitments and what does he need to do to secure some? Penn State’s depth is pretty good in a few areas, but could use an influx of talent at tight end and secondary once this recruiting season is over.

Along the front

A lot of the focus in 2018 will be on the defensive line of the Nittany Lions. They have reloaded up front and. if healthy. could develop into a strong spot for Penn State.

The staff at Pennlive discusses who to watch during the offseason and who may make the biggest impact during spring football this year.

Parting shot

Chris Hogan was on the field for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 on Sunday night. Hogan finished his college career playing lacrosse for Penn State, but started it playing football for Monmouth.

In fact when introduced during the NBC broadcast Sunday night, Hogan said “Penn State lacrosse” when announcing his college.

Earlier Sunday, Penn State tweeted out a graphic with Hogan representing the Patriots and former Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski representing the Eagles.

Monmouth didn’t take too kindly to it.

Hogan never played a down of football for the Nittany Lions. Nothing wrong with a little free publicity though.

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